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Schoolyard bullies in the sacristy

Father William Grimm MM 
 
Half a century ago, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned an interdisciplinary study of the priesthood in that country. Key parts of it were led by two priests who at the time were celebrities in the Catholic community, Father Andrew Greeley, the sociologist, and Father Eugene Kennedy, the psychologist (Disclosure: as a seminarian I was office assistant to Father Kennedy in the early stages of the study).








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Pain of abuse scandal is purifying the Church pope says

ROME (CNS): The clerical abuse scandal has caused everyone in the Catholic Church “pain and unbearable suffering,” Pope Francis said, but it also is a call to repentance and the renewal of the Church.
 
“Our humble repentance, which remains silent between our tears for the monstrosity of sin and the unfathomable greatness of God’s forgiveness, this, this humble repentance is the beginning of our holiness,” the pope told priests from the Diocese of Rome.
 

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Archbishop expects clearer guidelines on clerical sex abuse

Hong Kong (UCAN): Returning from the recent February 21 to 24 summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church at the Vatican, Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei, the president of the Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference, said that he had gained a deeper understanding of clerical sex abuse.
 
Speaking to Radio Veritas Asia, Archbishop Hung said he had asked a priest returning from New York why there had been so many cases of clerics sexually abusing minors in the United States.
 

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After the summit on abuse the stakes are clear

Greg Erlandson
 
The long-awaited meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church, nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while perhaps disappointing others.
 








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Bishops asked to meet abuse survivors before February meeting

VATICAN (CNS): Before travelling to Rome for a major Vatican summit on the clerical sex abuse crisis and child protection on February 21 to 25, each participating bishop should meet with survivors of abuse, said the committee organizing the meeting.
 

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US priest arrested in Philippines for sex abuse

MANILA (UCAN): An American priest, Father Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, was arrested on December 5 by Philippine police and immigration officials and United States (US) Homeland Security agents for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of boys over the last four decades.
 
The 78-year-old priest was detained inside the Catholic church in Naval, a town in Biliran province, in the Eastern Visayas region of the central Philippines.
 

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